For many, we’ve already reached the point in January where our New Year’s resolutions are out the window. Sometimes our goals are too lofty and we find ourselves feeling discouraged after just a few weeks. New Year's resolutions for the home are no different. Perhaps we stretch ourselves too thin with stringent cleaning and organising plans, over the top dinner menus and chore lists that we simply can’t keep on top of.
Sometimes it’s best to focus on a few simple goals for the New Year, especially around the home. This year in particular things are very challenging, as many people are working from home, homeschooling their children and still trying to maintain a home life. Read on for a few simple, achievable resolutions for your home in 2021 that will still make a big impact.
With most of us spending a lot more time at home at the moment, bins can easily begin to overflow. By committing to recycling, you’re not only helping the environment, you’re organising the waste that comes from your home into more manageable sections. Most councils provide recycling bins for cardboard and other items like glass, plastic and tin.
Sometimes it can seem like a nuisance to have to organise your rubbish, but by setting up your indoor bins in such a way that you can separate your rubbish from your recycling, you can be better prepared for the way your outdoor bins are set up. We recommend having a minimum of 2 bins in your home - one for general waste, and one for recyclables. Many councils offer food bins for food waste which you should absolutely take advantage of, otherwise you might want to start your own compost pile in your garden.
Now that life looks very different with the work from home approach (with many businesses planning to keep this ongoing for the long run), see if you can shift your focus. You may have previously spent a lot of your time on washing and ironing prior to lockdown, but this may no longer be the case in the age of Zoom meetings. Perhaps you can shift the time you once spent on tasks like these to other tasks, like tackling a disorganised room, channeling your efforts into keeping more on top of the daily clutter that accumulates, or more frequent deep cleans. Life has changed, and so should your approach to managing the home.
It’s easy for areas of the home to become muddled, especially in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. The kitchen might become the classroom, the bedroom may become the office and so on. Where possible, try to designate space as much as possible to specific activities to avoid unnecessarily clutter and confusion. Think long term - if you have a spare bedroom with room for a desk for your home office, it might be time to leave the kitchen table.
Sometimes space is limited unfortunately - which is where we come in! If you need to make more space in your home, take a look at our self storage options to make your life easier in the New Year!